Well, it seems that every good adoption week/weekend is followed by a painfully slow adoption week/weekend. Not that last weekend was terrific (four adopted but one returned next day due to allergies). This weekend, we had one return and one adoption so basically it's a 'wash'. Lexus from a few months ago was returned, and Andy was adopted.
Bedford has an adoption pending. He'll be living in Illinois. Now, we typically do not adopt out any farther than we are willing to drive to pick up the cat if it doesn't work out but there are special circumstances for this. Bedford is being adopted by the brother of one of our two-time adopters and volunteer. She will take Bedford to Illinois and get him settled and will make a trip to visit her family and pick him up if for some reason it doesn't work out -- so we're still making a life-long committment to Bedford as we do all of our cats there are just a few extra steps involved.
Donations for the yardsale are starting to roll in and, man, do we have some nice stuff. Professional/commercial grade chafing dishes and serving platters, lots of jewelry, furniture, electronics, lawn and garden stuff, kids' speciality toys. Hopefully we'll raise a lot of money for the cats' medical fund.
We were notified that we were approved to have a booth at Apex Peak Fest, which is Saturday May 1st. our booth will be more community awareness and education, however we will have some of our handmade catnip toys and handmade fleece cat mats for sale. The proceeds from any sales made at Peak Fest will be split between the general rescue medical fund and the Alter an Alley Cat spay/neuter assistance fund.
We will also have a booth at the Cat Fancier's Association show on Saturday, May 8th. Now some people may think this is not a fit -- breeders and rescues together but the truth is there are some people that will always want to adopt a purebred no matter what and many breeders also participate heavily in rescue. It's not uncommon to have a cat rescue have a table at and participate in a cat show. We will be handing out information about our rescue group and selling our catnip toys and cat mats. The proceeds from any items sold at the cat show will be split between the general rescue medical fund and the Alter an Alley Cat spay/neuter assistance fund.
And finally, we are able to have a full page ad in the show program of the Raleigh horse show in June. What a perfect audience to learn about our barn cat program. As many calls and emails as we get each week about ferals in danger and in unsafe environments, we need barn homes. Right now we have about 30 that need barn homes and are living in unsafe environments because there is no where to put them until we find a barn home. The ad space was donated to us - thank you.